You may need to look at the characteristics of a personal computer or laptop in a variety of situations: when you need to find out what the video card is worth, increase the RAM or install drivers.
There are many ways to view information about components in detail, including this can be done without using third-party programs. However, in this article it will be considered free programs that allow you to find out the characteristics of the computer and provide this information in a convenient and understandable way. See also: How to find out the socket of the motherboard or processor .
Information about the characteristics of the computer in the free program Piriform Speccy
The developer Piriform is known for its convenient and effective free utilities: Recuva - for data recovery, CCleaner - for cleaning the registry and cache, and finally, Speccy is designed to view information about the characteristics of the PC.
You can download the program for free from the official website http://www.piriform.com/speccy (the version for home use is free, for other purposes the program needs to be purchased). The program is available in Russian.
After installing and running the program, in the Speccy main window you will see the main characteristics of the computer or laptop:
- Installed Operating System Version
- Processor model, its frequency, type and temperature
- Information about RAM - volume, mode of operation, frequency, timings
- What motherboard is on the computer
- Monitor information (resolution and frequency), which video card is installed
- Characteristics of the hard drive and other drives
- Sound card model.
When choosing menu items on the left, you can see detailed characteristics of components - a video card, processor and others: supported technologies, current status and more, depending on what interests you. Here you can see a list of peripherals, information about the network (including Wi-Fi settings, you can find the external IP address, a list of active system connections).
If necessary, in the "File" menu of the program, you can print the characteristics of the computer or save them to a file.
Detailed PC specifications in HWMonitor (formerly PC Wizard)
The current version of HWMonitor (formerly PC Wizard 2013) - a program for viewing detailed information about all the components of a computer, perhaps allows you to learn more about the characteristics than any other software for these purposes (except that paid AIDA64 can compete here). At the same time, as far as I can tell, the information is more accurate than in Speccy.
Using this program the following information is available to you:
- Which processor is installed on the computer
- Graphics card model, supported graphics technology
- Sound Card, Device, and Codec Information
- Details of installed hard drives
- Information about the laptop battery: capacity, composition, charge, voltage
- Details of BIOS and computer motherboard
The characteristics listed above are far from a complete list: in the program you can familiarize yourself with almost all system parameters in detail.
In addition, the program has the ability to test the system - you can check the RAM , hard disk and perform diagnostics of other hardware components.
You can download the HWMonitor program in Russian on the developer's website http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
View basic computer specifications in CPU-Z
Another popular program showing the characteristics of a computer from the developer of the previous software is CPU-Z. In it you can learn in detail about the parameters of the processor, including information about the cache, which socket is used, the number of cores, the multiplier and frequency, see how many slots and what RAM memory is occupied, find out the model of the motherboard and the chipset used, and also see basic information about used video adapter.
You can download the CPU-Z program for free from the official website http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html (note that the download link on the site is in the right column, do not click others, there is a portable version of the program, no installation required). You can export the information on the characteristics of components obtained using the program into a text or html file and then print it.
The AIDA64 program is not free, but for a one-time viewing of the computer's characteristics, a 30-day trial free version, which can be taken from the official website www.aida64.com, is enough . The site also has a portable version of the program.
The program supports the Russian language and allows you to view almost all the characteristics of your computer, and this, in addition to those listed above for other software:
- Accurate information about the temperature of the processor and video card, fan speed and other information from the sensors.
- The degree of deterioration of the battery, the manufacturer of the laptop battery, the number of recharge cycles
- Driver Update Information
- And much more
In addition, just like in PC Wizard, with the help of AIDA64 program you can test RAM memory and CPU. It is also possible to view information about Windows settings, drivers, network settings. If necessary, a report on the system characteristics of the computer can be printed or saved to a file.